Posts Tagged ‘Motor cortex stimulation’
Background: Fixed dystonic postures secondary to ischemic, traumatic, or postsurgical lesions located in the basal ganglia and brainstem constitute a major therapeutic challenge and limit motor rehabilitation efficacy. They are often refractory to conservative treatment. Aberrant cerebral plasticity developed after deep brain lesions is thought to lead to abnormal cortical representation of the affected part of the body and then to pathological fixed postures.
Objective: To assess the efficacy of motor cortex stimulation in patients with upper limb fixed dystonia.
Methods: Ten patients were submitted to computer-assisted and electromyography-monitored implantation of intracranial epidural electrodes over the central cortical sulcus contralateral to the affected limb. Patients were followed up from 1 to 9 years (9 patients), except for patient 10, whose follow-up was limited to 4 months.